Business Cycles

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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In the years following its publication, F. A. Hayek's pioneering work on business cycles was regarded as an important challenge to what was later known as Keynesian macroeconomics. Today, as debates rage on over the monetary origins of the current economic and financial crisis, economists are once again paying heed to Hayek's thoughts on the repercussions of excessive central bank interventions. The latest editions in the University of Chicago Press's ongoing series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, these volumes bring together Hayek's work on what causes periods of boom and bust in the economy. Moving away from the classical emphasis on equilibrium, Hayek demonstrates that business cycles are generated by the adaptation of the structure of production to changes in relative demand. Thus, when central banks artificially lower interest rates, the result is a misallocation ofcapital and the creation of asset bubbles and additional instability. Business Cycles, Part Icontains Hayek's two major monographs on the topic: Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycleand Prices and Production.Reproducing the text of the original 1933 translation of the former, this edition also draws on the original German, as well as more recent translations. For Prices and Production, a variorum edition is presented, incorporating the 1931 first edition and its 1935 revision. Business Cycles, Part IIassembles a series of Hayek's shorter papers on the topic, ranging from the 1920s to 1981. In addition to bringing together Hayek's work on the evolution of business cycles, the two volumes of Business Cyclesalso include extensive introductions by Hansjoerg Klausinger, placing the writings in intellectual context-including their reception and the theoretical debates to which they contributed-and providing background on the evolution of Hayek's thought.

Table of Contents

Editorial Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle
Introduction to the Series, by Lionel Robbins (1933)p. 49
Preface (1933)p. 52
Preface to the German Edition, Geldtheorie und Konjunkturtheorie (1929)p. 57
Preface to the Reprint of the German Edition (1976)p. 59
Analytical Table of Contentsp. 63
The Problem of the Trade Cyclep. 67
Non-Monetary Theories of the Trade Cyclep. 79
Monetary Theories of the Trade Cyclep. 101
The Fundamental Cause of Cyclical Fluctuationsp. 119
Unsettled Problems of Trade Cycle Theoryp. 145
Prices and Production
Foreword to the First Edition, by Lionel Robbins (1931)p. 169
Preface to the First Edition (1931)p. 174
Preface to the Second Edition (1935)p. 176
Preface to the German Edition, Preise und Produktion (1931)p. 181
Preface to the Reprint of the German Edition (1976)p. 186
Theories of the Influence of Money on Pricesp. 193
The Conditions of Equilibrium between the Production of Consumers' Goods and the Production of Producers' Goodsp. 217
The Working of the Price Mechanism in the Course of the Credit Cyclep. 242
Appendix: A Note on the History of the Doctrines Developed in the Preceding Lecturep. 262
The Case for and against an 'Elastic' Currencyp. 266
Appendix: Some Supplementary Remarks on 'Neutral Money'p. 281
Indexp. 285
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